Thoroughbred Code

by Calvin Coolidge

I believe in work, 
    For discontent and labor are not often companions.
I believe in thrift, 
    For to store up a little regularly is to store up character as well.
I believe in simple living, 
    For simplicity means health and health means happiness. 
I believe in loyalty, 
    For if I am not true to others, I cannot be true to myself. 
I believe in holding up my chin,
    For self-respect commands respect from others.
I believe in keeping up the courage,
    For troubles flee before a brave front.
I believe in bracing up my brother,
    For an encouraging word may save the day for him.
I believe in living up to that best that is in me,
    For to lower the standard is to give up the fight.